Justin Amash

Its Time for the Libertarian Party to Stop Fighting Their Own and Get Serious About Winning Elections

Libertarian Party Convention
Scenes from the 2016 Libertarian Party Convention May 28, 2016 in Orlando, FL. (M. Scott Mahaskey/Politico)

Time for the Libertarian Party to Get Serious About Winning

The recent battles within the Libertarian Party are a prime example why many in the United States don’t take them serious during election cycles. We are laughed off by a large majority of the voting public and many in the leadership of the LP could care less. We have seen too many instances of in fighting and prodding instead of looking outwards on how to sell the ideas of Liberty to the masses.

The amount of sects within the LP has caused too much rift that draws away from the main purpose of a political party and that is to win elections.

The Libertarian Party spends so much time fighting among their own and discrediting members that people are shunned away from joining. They view themselves as some elitist organization that says if you don’t agree with all our principles then you should look elsewhere. The nomination of Jo Jorgensen proves this point. She is a Libertarian intellectual that has no name recognition and instead of trying to attract voters they hinged themselves on being restrictive to their statement of principles. Governor Johnson drew in more votes because he could appeal to people beyond the strict nature of LP principles and was vilafied by hardcore members of the party. 

Justin Amash spent some time with Reason to talk about how to end this inside bickering and actually focus on the princples and purpose. I suggest you watch this whole thing to grasp what is needed for the Libertarian Party to be a force in the coming years.

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